Reduced number of parking spaces leads to changes

KTVU report: video

“Parking spots in San Francisco just became an even hotter commodity Wednesday as the city moved to put new rules in place about how many parking spots can be rented out and for how much money”…

They are telling us what we all know. The SFMTA is reducing the parking by re-designing the streets to “improve our transportation experience.”
As Agnos is fond of saying, if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.”

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SFMTA Unveils New and Enhanced Bicycle-Friendly Green Waves

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all transportation in the city, today announced four new green waves as well as enhancements to the city’s three existing green waves. A green wave uses modified traffic signal timing along a street so that bicyclists encounter a series of green lights as they progress down a corridor.
As part of an ongoing effort to improve the safety, comfort and convenience of bicycling in San Francisco, the SFMTA will be implementing new two-way green waves on Arguello Street (from Lake to Clement streets), Folsom Street (from 15th to 24th streets), Fulton Street (from Laguna to Steiner streets), and North Point Street (from Stockton to Polk streets). Implementation is anticipated to take place in spring 2014…
The locations of the additional green wave corridors were prioritized because they meet the technical requirements for a green wave, have existing bike lanes and high bicycle ridership volumes. This project was funded through Proposition K funds…  (More)

Remember this the next time the SFMTA requests more bonds to improve your driving experience. They mean your cycling experience. If you drive a car, vote NO on any ore funds for Muni or the SFMTA. Regardless of what they promise, the funds will be used against you.

It’s Hard to Find Your Way With the SFMTA App

By Chris Schodt : missionlocal – excerpt

Most of the apps that help you get to work or run errands, such as the popular QuickMuni and Routesy, are made by third-party developers. What happens when the San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Authority (SFMTA) helps develop its own app?
Featured in commercials and on the SFMTA’s webpage, Muni+ is the product of a partnership between Muni and Oakland-based developer, Sky Highways. It carries Muni’s logo and endorsement, but does it also run with insider expertise?
To find out, I set out to take 10 rides on Muni guided by Muni+… (more)

Not only can they not make the buses run for the riders who need them, make the traffic run smoother, or deal with parking and enforcement problems but SFMTA can’t get their apps to work either. What can SFMTA do?

Make everyone mad.

AC Transit Union Rejects Management Offer

Bay City News – excerpt

AC Transit employees have voted by a margin of 561 to 369 to reject management’s offer of a 9.5 percent pay increase over three years.
Leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, which represents about 1,800 bus drivers, mechanics, dispatchers, clerical and other workers, had recommended that employees approve the tentative agreement, which was reached last Wednesday.
Union leaders said in a message to members before the vote, “We hope you will see the accomplishments of your negotiating team, to bring you one of the best contracts negotiated in transit or the public sector this year.”…
AC Transit workers had threatened to strike on Aug. 7 if a tentative agreement hadn’t been reached before then, but they haven’t set another strike date since. ATU Local 192 President Yvonne Williams said in a statement today, “We will meet to determine next steps shortly.”… (more)

Development making parking spaces scarcer in SF

By David Stevenson : – excerpt

Parking spots in San Francisco just became an even hotter commodity Wednesday as the city moved to put new rules in place about how many parking spots can be rented out and for how much money.
KTVU looked into just how many parking spaces San Francisco has lost because of the way city officials are reshaping its streets.
For San Francisco drivers, it’s no mystery.
“I think a lot of them are going away due to construction,” said San Francisco Municipal Transporation Authority spokesman Paul Rose…
Rose said the SFMTA isn’t targeting particular neighborhoods for parking space removal.
“Whether we’re adding bike lanes or adding parking or removing parking, or creating more park space on the streets to make it more pleasing for people walking through the city, what we’re trying to do is to be as efficient as possible,” said Rose.
San Francisco Supervisors on Wednesday discussed allowing residential property owners to rent out up to ten parking spots under a simplified procedure in recognition that the demand for spaces isn’t going away anytime soon… (more)

You think maybe preserving parking was one of the reasons the citizens of San Francisco voted to limit heights when they passed Prop M. As soon as that passed the politicians went to work creating variances and exceptions to the height limit, which is where we are now. Not everybody has the same vision of the future of San Francisco.

SFMTA to Widen Bike Lane, Remove Traffic Lane on Folsom in SoMa

by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog – excerpt

The SFMTA will re-purpose a general traffic lane to widen and buffer the existing bike lane on Folsom Street between Fourth and 11th Streets by the end of the year, the agency announced today.

The pilot project, which comes about six weeks after 24-year-old Amelie Le Moullac was killed on her bike by a truck driver at Folsom and Sixth Streets, will upgrade the current narrow bike lane to a buffered bike lane, apparently similar to a project implemented on Eighth Street last July,  when that street was repaved…
In addition to providing a less stressful and more visible lane for bicycle commuters on Folsom, the redesign should help tame motor traffic and shorten the distances pedestrians must cross in front of moving motor vehicles on one of SoMa’s notoriously dangerous one-way, high-speed motorways.
“The buffered bicycle lane in this pilot will create a safer, less intimidating street,” said Mayor Ed Lee in a statement, “while giving us an opportunity to study how measures like these can be implemented in dense and rapidly growing areas of San Francisco to make our city streets safer for everyone.”…
a two-way protected bike lane on Folsom is called for in the Eastern Neighborhoods Transportation Implementation Planning Study (EN TRIPS) and the Central Corridor Plan, but it’s undergoing environmental review, which is expected to be completed in June 2015. The protected bikeway wouldn’t be implemented until some time after that…  (more)

SFMTA Announces Folsom Street Pilot Project
Dedicated Bike Lane Plan For Folsom Street Expected To Cost $253,000

The SFMTA needs to spend some of their PR funds informing the public what the rules of the road are.
The fastest way to solve the cyclists problems on Folsom Street is to install signs that say “Bicycle and right turn lane only.” They have those signs for the bus lanes downtown. How hard is it to put them in the bike lanes.

Bay Area man invents ‘delivery bicycle’

by Jonathan Bloom : abclocal – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — San Francisco supervisors are about to take up the issue of double-parking and one local man has come up with an invention he thinks will help alleviate that problem — and others. It’s a bicycle that really delivers.
Strollers and big diaper bags are not things you would normally put in the basket on a bicycle but then again, this bicycle is anything but normal and it practically flies. Neal Saiki invented a bike that defies gravity.
The magic isn’t voodoo or fairy dust. There’s a small motor and a big battery, and together they “help” a rider pedal. It’s a little like the faraday electric bike that debuted a few months ago with one key difference….
The $3,400 bike has gotten an awful lot of interest from individuals. “People who just want to carry their laptops and a gym bag and get some groceries after work, so it’s kind of made for everybody,” Saiki says… (more)

Pizza delivery maybe but I don’t know about carrying anything valuable around on a cycle that has no way to hide it or lock it down. With the number of burglaries, assaults, and break-ins lately I don’t think I would trust this contraption to carry my laptop around.  Better to have it in front of you so you can keep an eye on it.

SF Charity Work Earns Parking Ticket

by Mike Sugerman : sanfrancisco.cbslocal – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A parking ticket on the windshield is not a welcome sight for any driver. But when the driver is making her way across San Francisco performing charitable acts a parking ticket can really sting.
Perhaps the ultimate irony for Cynthia Butler is the fact that she can perform community service to avoid paying the nearly $300 fine for her recent infraction, which – of course – was committed as she performed community service.
She is a volunteer for Food Runners, a charity group that collects leftover or extra food from restaurants and takes that food to places where the needy and hungry go to be fed, such as senior centers.
She drives a Smart Car, making it slightly easier to navigate the congested streets of San Francisco. Still, parking can be tricky. She reasons that because her car is so small and she’s only curbside for a few minutes while she runs in and out of establishments, picking up or dropping off food, it’s OK to park in less than ideal spots… (more)

San Francisco looks to curb double-parking

: abclocal – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — People who live, work or visit in San Francisco knows the streets can be very congested. Part of the problem is double-parked cars and trucks. Now, one city supervisor is saying enough.
Double parking is rampant in San Francisco. It disrupts traffic and creates safety issues. The top five streets for violators are: Mission, Sutter, Howard, Polk and Union Streets.
“It’s really the wild west. People just seem to stop their vehicles wherever they want, whenever they want. Sometimes even when they have the possibility of pulling over,” said Supervisor Scott Wiener… (more)

Let’s see, the SFMTA has eliminated thousands of parking spaces in the city, changed the parking and driving rules and generally confused the heck out of everyone. No one knows what the rules are. No wonder why people are parking illegally everywhere.

As for enforcement, are you kidding? You can’t hire enough people to enforce the new parking rules. Driving and parking and enforcement is a matter of luck.

The Central SoMa Plan

sfmta – excerpt

The Draft Plan of Central SoMa is currently undergoing environmental review and plan refinement (see below for more details).

  • To download the Draft Plan, click here.
  • For a map of existing and proposed zoning, click here.
  • For a map of existing and proposed heights, click here.
  • For a map summarizing proposed changes to the street network, click here.
  • For a map summarizing potential new open space, click here.

Maps for the draft plan for Central SoMa, and signup for future notices are here: